By Frank McAvennie

14th May, 2022 | 10:30am

Erik ten Hag has made first Man United mistake after 'ludicrous' Edinson Cavani decision - pundit

Incoming Man United boss Erik ten Hag has made “mistake number one” with Edinson Cavani set to leave the club this summer.

That’s according to former West Ham hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Red Devils’ summer plans.

Cavani, 35, is out of contract at the end of June and, as per Fabrizio Romano (1 May) he will not be offered a new deal.

The Uruguay international has struggled for game time this season, making 19 appearances and scoring just two goals in all competitions.

However, his first season in Manchester was far more impressive as he bagged 17 goals in 39 outings during the 2020-21 campaign.

McAvennie can’t believe Man United aren’t doing more to keep a player who will guarantee the club goals if he is given game time.

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“Well it looks like Cavani is going which is a ludicrous decision,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“He is an unbelievable striker and he is streets ahead of some of the other attackers there, let me tell you.

“When he plays, he scores, It’s as simple as that. But for whatever reason, he hasn’t played this season.

“He has the appearances but they are all off the bench. You see the likes of Sancho and Rashford playing but they are both struggling.

“Next season is going to be tough for them, there will be a lot of new players. You need an experienced head to keep the peace and keep everything stable.

“Cavani would be perfect for that, even if he doesn’t play so much.

I know Ten Hag hasn’t even come through the door yet but this looks like mistake number one to me.”

In other news, Man United have been told to spend ‘whatever it takes’ to sign a Premier League star after he ‘tore them apart’.